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Prof. Angela Dibenedetto, Dr. Francesco Nocito, Dr. Antonella Angelini, Dr. Imre Papai, Prof. Michele Aresta and Dr. Raffaella Mancuso Catalytic Synthesis of Hydroxymethyl-2-oxazolidinones from Glycerol or Glycerol Carbonate and Urea ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200524

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ZrPped up! Oxazolidinones are synthesized by treating glycerol carbonate or glycerol with urea in the presence of γ-Zr phosphate as the catalyst. Increasing the temperature increases the conversion yield, but the selectivity decreases, making the separation process more difficult. Two isomers, 6 and 6′, are formed from glycerol carbonate with a quasi-molar ratio, whereas the formation of 6′ is preferred when starting from glycerol.

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